This timeline gives an overview of the DLOSCE’s development.
ADA’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) charged the Department of Testing Services (DTS) with developing a business plan for development and implementation of a Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical examination. CDEL reviewed the plan at their December 2016 meeting and recommended the ADA’s Board of Trustees provide development funding to create the examination.
A National Licensure Task Force jointly sponsored by ADA and ADEA unanimously endorsed the development of the DLOSCE at its January 2017 meeting.
The ADA Board of Trustees spent considerable time at its February 2017 Board Meeting discussing the DLOSCE business plan written by the Department of Testing Services. The Board of Trustees authorized the formation of a DLOSCE Steering Committee charged with developing and validating the DLOSCE. ADA President Gary L. Roberts appointed members of the Steering Committee based on criteria established by the Board of Trustees. The Board voted to fund the initial costs for exam development.
Two articles were published announcing the development of the DLOSCE.
The DLOSCE Steering Committee held its inaugural meeting in July 2017 at ADA headquarters in Chicago. The Committee also met via conference call in December 2017.
In March 2018, a Test Specifications Review Panel composed of 11 industry experts and three steering committee members was formed to create a recommendation for DLOSCE test specifications. These specifications included the examination’s major content areas and the corresponding percentage of questions for each area. The Steering Committee approved these specifications at a meeting later that same month.
In addition to the March 2018 meeting, the Steering Committee met via conference call in May 2018. During this meeting, the Steering Committee identified 28 test constructors, including general dentists and general educators with broad expertise. The Steering Committee also authorized the formation of a working committee to assist in recommending the Test Committee Team structure and developing DLOSCE question templates.
The Steering Committee met via conference call in winter 2018.
ADA’s Department of Testing Services, along with members of the Steering Committee, gave several presentations on the DLOSCE:
- ADEA Annual Session
- Southern Deans
- Oregon Board of Dentistry
- University of Washington
- Oregon Health Sciences University
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Association of Dental Boards
- American Association of Endodontists
- ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure
- Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission (meeting pending)
A presentation offering updates to the DLOSCE was given at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session.
The DLOSCE launched in May.
The DLOSCE program was officially assigned to the JCNDE, which now serves as the governing body for this exam.